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Fashion looks to lighten up your evenings

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PUBLISHERS’ LETTER Dear Readers, Gone are the lazy days of summer. It’s time to step it up into high gear. And we’re there helping you every step of the way. For starters, give your appearance a great style makeover with the latest looks for fall. Reflecting the rich autumnal red, green and gold hues of the season, the eye-catching offerings in our fashion feature “A Little Night Magic” are sure to brighten the dreariest of fall and winter days and evenings. Brightening—and helping to save—lives, breast cancer charities also figure prominently in this issue. In our style section, we showcase some sensational products that give a portion of their sales to worthy organizations involved in the fight to beat breast cancer. Please help support them. Our beautiful cover model, Penelope Cruz, joins us in that heart-felt plea. Penelope has teamed with Saks to be the national spokesperson for Saks’s breast cancer awareness program. Saks at Riverside will be having many different activities and promotions throughout the store and a huge kick-off to benefit the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. So be sure to come out and join the festivities. If you ever needed a good reason to shop till you dropped, this one is it! Ever dream of indulging your wanderlust? That’s precisely what one Ho-Ho-Kus family is doing. This family of five is leaving behind “everyday” life in Bergen County to set sail on their 47-foot sailboat for a yearlong expedition that will take them to Maine, down the eastern coast, throughout many Caribbean islands and into Mexico. During the family’s travels, the three Conway children will become “professors” to their classmates. Beginning in September, they’ll be sharing their adventures with schools across North Jersey via Skype, Facebook and postcards. To find out how you can follow their progress and adventures online, read “Casting Away with the Conways.” Educating kids is also the main focus of “Teaching Kids to Win at Losing.” In this article, Ridgewood psychologist and children’s author Dr. Frank Sileo gives us some guidelines for teaching our children the basics of good sportsmanship. (And it might not hurt some of us parents to take a refresher course, either.) So here’s to fresh starts and new horizons for us all!

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Portland and Beyond: More Than Just Rain and Roses A Resource for Your Dining Pleasure Seeking Out the Winks and Nods The Vanishing Art of Compromise

On the Cover: 2012 Key to the Cure Saks Fifth Avenue The Shops at Riverside will partner with Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and host the 2012 Key to the Cure, a charity shopping weekend taking place October 18 through October 21. To launch this year’s event, Saks Fifth Avenue The Shops at Riverside partnered with Gucci to host a Key to the Cure kick-off celebration on Tuesday, October 2, featuring hors d’oeuvres, informal modeling, live entertainment and, of course, shopping with 10% percent of all purchases benefiting Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Saks will also offer a limited-edition Key to the Cure T-shirt designed by Carolina Herrera, available beginning Friday, October 1 and retailing for $35 in Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on 100% of the purchase price of each shirt sold will be donated to local charity partners. Our cover girl, actress Penelope Cruz, has been named the 2012 Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2012 KEY TO THE CURE campaign. In support of this program, Ms. Cruz will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the Carolina Herrera limited-edition T-shirt. The Key to the Cure PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October, so be on the lookout for it!


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Jose Adames, Robert Hekemian and James Bonilla

Doug Vicari, Frank Trobiano, Peter LaSpina and Chip O’Neil

Robert Fornes, Gary Gensheimer, Joe Coccaro, Brad Dyksen and Diane Scriveri

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Charles Franciose and Phil Ciarco

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M.J. Hekemian, Gennaro Rotella and Holly Schepisi

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Gene Berger, Andy Silverstein, Michael McHale and Evan Nathanson

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Chris Trocino, Kurt Meibeyer and Mike Niziol

Jon Strauss, Mike Polsky, Howard Chernin and Irv Minnaker

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Elizabeth Stewart and Nancy Cudlipp

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Sam Honig, Warren Feldman and David Weiss

Steven Weiss, Harvey Kalt, John Weiss and Bill Meer

Shelley Cohen, Joyce Roth, Shelli Bettman and Susan Wels

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The Columbians The Columbians held their annual Raffle and Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. For more info:

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card debt and collected unemployment. She wasn’t having much luck. One day, she got a call. A friend of hers needed help producing a video for Fashion Week. She was told it would be a boring day. She would be an extra. No lines; she just needed to blend in. But the director really liked her. She tried on dresses worth thousands of dollars, and went through makeup. She was given lines. It was like nothing she had ever done before, even though she had previously done a little modeling. One gig led to another, and soon she found herself in a commercial directed by Martin Scorsese, and she became eligible for her Screen Actors Guild card. Now she was guaranteed a certain wage, and overtime. The money added up. She started working as a recurring extra on 30 Rock, and would use the money she made to write, produce and direct her own short films. She had worked for her college

news station at the University of Delaware, but she had no real formal training… until now. “It’s almost as if they were paying me to go to school,” said Sepulveres, who is originally from Northvale and a graduate of Old Tappan High School. What she found herself doing now—almost by accident—was completely different from her days as a headhunter, which she had done for five years after college before working for the publishing company. But she was good at it. Actually, really good. “I realized how much I had liked that in college and then I thought, ‘Why didn’t I just pursue this after school? Where did I diverge and go into finance, and sales, and what happened?’” she said. Sepulveres started to love going to work every day, which gave her a special behind-the-scenes look into the minds of Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. Sepulveres would take away bits and pieces from every long shoot in Long Island City. Take Tina Fey, for example. “She could just be drinking a cup of coffee, and you could look at her and be like ‘Oh my God, she probably has like the next two episodes just turning in there,’” said Sepulveres. Alec Baldwin, believe it or not, was incredibly supportive of all the crewmembers, extras and minor actors. Baldwin, Sepulveres said, would offer his expert advice, and was always curious as to what they had going on outside of 30 Rock. “He’s not just asking questions for the sake of it. The next time you see him, he’ll actually say ‘How was that show?’ How did your show go?’ How’s that book that you’re writing?’” In Sepulveres’ case, the book was going well, thank you very much. Continued on pg. 30

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Earlier this year, she celebrated the release of her memoir—a comingof-age tale about her “late bloomer” experiences, first love and her subsequent three-year cervical cancer scare from age 23 to 26. Titled Losing It: The Semi-Scandalous Story of an Ex-Virgin, Sepulveres takes her readers through the process of constant doctors appointments and procedures as she attempts to live the life of a normal 20-something. Luckily, it turns out that Sepulveres didn’t have cancer, but for two-and-a-half years, she lived with the scary possibility. These days, life is much more promising. The feedback on her book has been great from friends, family and women’s groups. Even some of her male friends have read the book, calling it a learning experience. “I’m so overwhelmed and excited,” she said of the positive reception. Sepulveres has done book talks with teenagers all across the country, dealing with the sex-education aspect of the book, and also the cancer element. She has partnered with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, and also Tamika and Friends, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about cervical cancer and its link to HPV (human papillomavirus). Apart from book activities, she works as a stand-in for Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife. Every day, Sepulveres will go to the set for the rehearsal and take meticulous notes of Margulies’ every movement at the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “Does she pick a glass up with her right hand? Does she go and sit here? Does she cross her left leg


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Paramus Rotary Season’s Catering in Washington Township and the Kourgelis Family sponsored a golf outing and dinner to benefit the Paramus Rotary Club. For more info:

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Marty Diamond and Jim Kourgelis

Danielle Mattina and Anetta Koukoutsis

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Dawn Feorenzo and Diane Vasile

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Josh Krantz, Mark Nidowicz, Rick Zimmer and Mitch Knapp

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The Wines of Argentina Though Argentina’s wine heritage dates back to the days of Spanish conquest, and once boasted one of the highest per-capita consumption rates in the world, the country has been a serious contender on the international stage for only the past decade or so. Once introduced, however, Argentine wines—particularly Malbecs—have been quickly embraced by connoisseurs.

Revolution Wine El Libertador Malbec 2008, $20 Malbec faltered in its home region of Bordeaux, where it was considered a “difficult” grape. At the base of the Andes under the hot, dry sun the variety thrived, and makes Argentina’s signature wine. New to the U.S. this past summer, Revolution Wine offers creative, iconic wines at good prices. El Libertador is a classic expression of Malbec, sourced from 90-year-old vines in the Lujan De Cuyo region of Argentina’s primary wine province, Mendoza. Aromatics of lavender, black cherry and dark fruit with medium tannins promise to put this wine in its prime in about five years. Watch for “Goddess,” Revolution’s Moscato-style sweet wines, for the holidays.

Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2008, $20 Argentinians proudly identify their European roots—particularly Spanish, Italian, German, English and French—and that heritage is reflected in the vineyards. Spanish-driven Graffigna is the second-oldest continuously operated winery in Argentina, founded in 1870 in the bonedry San Juan province (a significant, but lesser-known, neighbor to the Mendoza region). The Gran Reserva Malbec is pleasingly complex and age-worthy, layering black cherry, spiced plum and black pepper over vanilla, chocolate and coffee berries, with prominent tannins. Hunt down the 2005 or 2006 vintages if you’re able. Pair with grilled steak or lamb.

Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Torrontés 2011, $15 The high elevation (5,900 feet) and unique geography of Argentina’s lesser-known Salta region lend additional depth and flavor to the Torrontés grape, an original Argentine mutation, according to winemaker Hervé Birnie-Scott, a transplanted Frenchman with more than 20 years’ experience in Argentina’s vineyards. This white wine, aromatic and rich, boasts tropical, floral and spice notes, including white peach and pineapple. It pairs elegantly with the Argentinian favorite ceviche, raw or lightly sautéed fresh fish “cooked” in citrus, peppers and olive oil.

Reginato Sparkling Torrontes/ Chardonnay NV, $17 In addition to traditional still wines from Malbec, Torrontes, Bonardo and Bordeaux varieties, Argentina has a long history with sparkling wine, with some vineyards growing Chardonnay grapes for large French producers. The Reginato family has been producing boutique sparkling wines in both Charmat (tank fermentation) and Champenoise (in-bottle fermentation) for over a generation, but introduced their label to the U.S. just last year. The 20/80 Torrontes/Chardonnay blend is a bit daring, but the combination creates a crisp, energetic sparkler that is full-bodied but bright with tangerine and grapefruit notes and a refreshing minerality. Perfect with cheese, fruit or on its own.

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Three of Bergen County’s top downtown areas entice visitors with quality and variety.


iving a stone’s throw away from New York City we sometimes forget that exotic dining, exhilarating shopping and award-winning entertainment can all be found in the more than 70 cities and towns of Bergen County. Our local downtowns have many enticing characteristics—walkability, a variety of dining experiences, one-of-a-kind boutiques alongside national chains and, of course, entertainment. We here at BC The Mag took a long look at numerous downtowns in order to give our readers a glimpse of some of the best downtowns in Bergen County.

Englewood Has It All

Downtown Englewood is the perfect mix of culture, shopping, dining and living. What started as a commuter town to New York City in the 1800s has grown into an enjoyable, walkable lifestyle district with over 350 specialty boutiques, well-known national stores and entertainment. Residents of downtown Englewood have the best of both city and suburban worlds. The busy main strip, Palisades Avenue, is flanked by quiet tree-lined streets and grand Victorian mansions that stand side by side of low

and midrise luxury condominiums. Dining in downtown Englewood is best on a warm summer’s day. Outdoor seating is common and cuisine choices range from a variety of BYOB sushi places in all price points, the festive atmosphere, food and margaritas at the Blue Moon Mexican Café, and fresh Italian seafood and steak at Solaia just off the strip. And if family time is on the schedule, you won’t be able to resist Ben and Jerry’s, especially on free Cone Day. The best part of downtown Englewood is escaping the overcrowded and over stimulating malls for quaint specialty boutique, which peacefully co-exist side by side well-

such as Paul Anka, Gladys Knight, Wilson Phillips, Salt N Pepa and the Steve Miller Band. What landed Englewood in the number one spot on our list is the walkability between dining, shopping, housing and the added bonus of a rich performing arts center. You can spend a whole day strolling down Palisades Avenue and its adjacent streets, shopping, eating and even catching a show with a Grammy-winning artist.

Ridgewood’s Quintessential Main Street

When you enter the Village of Ridgewood things seem to slow

stores and quaint eateries like Park West Tavern, which features outdoor seating. Nothing is overstated. You’ll be hard pressed to find a Target or Wal-Mart on this strip. Everything is well manicured with flower pots and unique window displays beckoning customers into one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques, French pastry shops, day spas, and even Bookends, an independent book store that often hosts book signings by national authors. This is the downtown that the community built. In the 1990s, the Ridgewood downtown had been abandoned for large box stores and super mega malls. Then the local

What makes downtown Ridgewood one of the best in Bergen County is the ability to go from dining to shopping to entertainment without getting back into your car. known and loved national stores. In the market for Valentino, Robert Cavalli or Rochel Zoe? Stop by Gito, an upscale boutique with a wide array of contemporary clothing and shoes or French Connection for the newest trends. Shopping for children? Marica’s Attic for Kids has fashionable formal and casual imports that range from trendy to sweet. At the Vero Uomo Men’s store, you can stock up on everything from shorts to suits. A step from romantic restaurants and right in the heart of Englewood’s downtown is BergenPAC, northern New Jersey’s most entertaining, non-profit performing arts center. In any given season, you can enjoy performances from artists

down. People appear to smile more and the sun shines a little brighter. Even before you hit the downtown area you are met with municipal buildings where employees are eager to assist you. Among the niceties—a library with a café (today’s special: hearty vegetable Tuscany soup) and a park with a man-made mini lake, fountains and a beach set up for public swimming. So it’s no surprise that when you make your way to East Ridgewood Avenue, between Maple Avenue and Broad Street, you feel as if you have stepped onto the quintessential picture of what a modern day Main Street should be: specialty boutiques stores, select small chain

community took action to create a perfectly balanced and walkable downtown to complement the Village’s rich cultural programs and upscale real estate. Out of the hundreds of stores on East and West Ridgewood Avenues you will mostly find specialty boutiques and restaurants. The small stores with friendly shopkeepers feature everything from Oliver’s Chocolates, where customers can select premium chocolates and truffles from the store’s 30-foot candy counter, to La Casita, a mainstay in Ridgewood for the last two decades, which sells one-of-a-kind clothing, much of which is made by local artContinued on pg. 44

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ists and designers. And if you are in the mood for good eats, skip the fancy dining and opt for the Country Pancake House, which serves over 100 varieties of pancakes the size of small pizzas, 20 different types of french toast and more than 50 versions of belgian waffles. If you do find yourself looking for the bigger, better known chain stores, you can find Chico’s, The Gap, Ann Taylor, Omaha Steaks and Whole Foods sprinkled between the colorful family-owned businesses. What makes downtown Ridgewood one of the best in Bergen County is the ability to go from dining to shopping to entertainment without getting back into your car. Every summer—within walking distance from East Ridgewood Avenue—

the city hosts outdoor music concerts and “Movies Under the Stars” nights. Everything joins together to make downtown Ridgewood perfect for anything from a first date to a family night out.

Up and Coming Hackensack When you don’t know where to buy what you’re seeking, go to Upper Main Street in Hackensack! What was once the epitome of Saturday afternoon shopping during the 1950s and 1960s—boasting restaurants, tailors, hardware, the latest fashions, top-of-the-line beauty salons and even the largest Woolworth’s in the area—is now working its way back onto the downtown scene with a vast variety of products and services that most main streets don’t have.

You won’t find overpriced specialty shops or restaurants with $15 drinks on Upper Main Street, but you will find almost any product or service that you need at moderate prices. Tucked away just blocks from the County Administration buildings starting at Atlantic Street and spanning all the way to Anderson Street are one-of-a-kind accessories stores, clothing shops that won’t break the bank, service-based companies with everything from printing shops to doctors’ offices and a restaurant row that has more than 20 different eateries from over 12 countries. Upper Main Street has a very eclectic feel. Its lack of uniformity is what makes it such a fun walkable downtown area. For instance, if you’re in the mood for a new pair of

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the latest sneakers or the perfect bag and scarf, try Battle Ground or Mix and Match. Looking for the perfect herb or organic vegetable? Stop by Alywards Natural Food or the Giant Gourmet Farmers Market. The magic of Hackensack’s Upper Main Street is that you can find everything and anything. Musically Yours is one of the largest sellers of DJ equipment in New Jersey, while Somes Uniforms and Uniforms Plus (owned by a husband-and-wife team) not only provide uniforms for policemen, nurses and students, they also supply the majority of uniform costumes to Hollywood and Broadway. And if you are searching for chain stores, you’ll find that Upper Main Street hosts a variety of known chains, including the largest Sears

in New Jersey, as well as the growing Bruce the Bed King. Yet what this downtown is quickly becoming known for is its dining. Dubbed as the “Restaurant Row of New Jersey,” Upper Main Street is home to Aladdin, a middle eastern supper club with live entertainment; Boomerangs, a Caribbean soul food restaurant with live jazz and a gospel brunch, and over 20 other wellpriced restaurants with cuisines from Cuba, Ecuador, Lebanon, Greece, Thailand, Italy and more. You can dine around the world and never leave Bergen County. What makes Upper Main Street in Hackensack the downtown to watch? They have a very dynamic business association, The Upper Main Alliance, which is taking an active

role in bringing positive change and diverse resources to downtown Hackensack. The association provides events such as the October Street Fair, which has food, rides, shopping, and live music from A-list performers. The association makes parking easy for visitors and keeps the public informed about the various shops, restaurants and even the skinny on the new Cultural Arts Center opening in late 2012. The investment and efforts of the more than 400 businesses, coupled with the walkability and the diversity of products and services, make Hackensack’s Upper Main Street a downtown with the potential for greatness.

Noelle Frieson is a freelance writer, who frequently covers lifestyle topics.

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icole tried out for the lead in the school play but the part went to another girl. When Nicole learned this she quit the play and yelled at the director, claiming the casting was unfair and that he should reconsider selecting the lead. Ryan was a talented athlete. He often bragged when he scored and often teased other teammates for not doing as well.


Amanda is on the swim team. When she lost the last race, she got out of the pool, threw her towel, yelled at her teammates and cried. Totally losing control, she had to leave the pool area. Jack’s team lost the championship baseball game. After the game, Jack went up to the other team, shook their hands and congratulated them for their “good game.� Good sportsmanship is an import-

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ant skill that children need to be taught. Young children need to learn how to share, follow rules, handle feelings, try their best, and learn to win and lose appropriately. As adults, we serve as their role models on how to be good winners and losers. Adults who interact with children in competitive arenas are in the key position of teaching good sportsmanship. Being a good sport applies not only to athletics. Children need

Basics for fostering good Basics for fostering good sportsmanship in children sportsmanship in children


to cope with disappointments such as losing the lead in the school play, getting a lower mark on an exam, losing at video games or not getting a solo in the choir. We live in a highly competitive society where all-too-often winning is paramount and the expectations imposed upon children are tremendous. These pressures to always be perfect and a winner can create excessive anxiety.


No one likes to lose. It is reasonable for children to feel sad, disappointed and even angry when they “fail” at something. It may be hard to congratulate the winning team. It may be difficult to accept questionable calls by referees in a calm fashion or to congratulate the person who got the part you wanted in the school play. It may be hard to compliment the winner of the spelling contest. However, how children overcome these unwanted feelings and respond to these types of challenges to exhibit good sportsmanship ultimately will prove that they are indeed true winners, who will benefit in many ways. To begin with, good winners often are generous individuals. They view winning as a team or combined effort and work better with others. They don’t always see themselves as the “star” and, instead, work more collaboratively toward common goals. The good winner sees that the way to win a game is not based solely on one player’s efforts but the collective effort of the team. Children who are good winners also tend to show more gratitude toward others. Good winners demonstrate appreciation to their parents, coaches and teachers for helping them achieve their goals. They recognize that part of their accomplishments have been the result of the assistance and guidance of oth-

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As role models, we must be mindful of what we say at an event and at home. Parents should be careful not to yell at, belittle or be overly critical of our children or other children. As adults, we need to be good sports, too! Do not engage in bad mouthing of those in authority. If you have a problem, speak privately with those in charge. Be a good spectator and teach children to do the same. Encourage your children to say positive things to others such as “Good game!” “Congratulations!” and “Nice job!” Set an example by congratulating the parents and players on the opposing team. Don’t try to live your dreams or your favorite pastimes through your children. In order for them to be happy, children have to be themselves and not you. Help them to find their unique interests, talents and abilities. Activities that involve good sportsmanship aren’t always about winning and losing. It’s about making and keeping friends, learning skills, keeping our bodies healthy, building character, making memories and having fun. Look for opportunities in the media to show and talk about good and bad sportsmanship. We do not build self-esteem by giving children something for everything. We need to move away from the “trophy mentality” where everyone is a winner. Even if children are not good at something, it doesn’t mean they are not having fun doing it and that they don’t feel good about themselves. If you find that your child is struggling with being a bad sport, it may be appropriate to seek the help of a licensed professional.

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On the other hand, I decide I’m lucky that I at least have a car, though from I’m pglow Continued 49 on gas and cash. I figure I’m fortunate that I even have a place to live at all. ers. Moreover, children who are good I thank God it’s only bedbugs. winners are more humble, have a Then I curse the people in the room healthier perspective on the activity at below us who supposedly brought hand, and engage in better peer relabedbugs into the building in the first tions. Good winners are liked by their place. peers and consequently make and But this early in the morning, I’m maintain better friendships. Conversely, too tired to hold onto one emotion poor winners often are those individufor long, even anger. als who brag, taunt and show off. Poor “Time for coffee,” I say aloud, winners frequently annoy their peers turning up the stereo and pealing and tend to lose friends. out onto Main Street. Today is a day. That is all. Today is only one SORE LOSERS day, one of many that will come and Children who are poor losers often go on a calendar. bully others on and off the field. With bulNo one I know has died today— lying’s disturbing prevalence in today’s but it’s only 8:45 in the morning, so society, the importance of teaching chilI’ve got my fingers crossed for everyone to make it through till midnight.

Today is rather insignificant in the grand scheme of things. If people ask me a year from now, “What were you doing on such-and-such a day in April?” I probably won’t be able to andren to be good losers becomes even swer. I’ll forget this snippet in time; I more critical. Poor losers tend to be won’t remember it because it’s not a bullies because they have received the day with any important events. Tomessage that winning and having powday isn’t the day of a first date or a er are the goals. Children who are poor breakup, or even an excellent lunch losers may engage in behaviors such out or a great movie I saw. as pouting, name-calling, temper tanToday is not important. trums, destruction of property and physIt’s funny that today will soon ical violence. Coming across as bossy pass and I won’t remember how and argumentative, poor losers have miserable I am today, but I’ll remempoor interpersonal relationship skills and ber last night forever. tend to lose friends. They may cheat, I’ll remember sipping marga-rilie, and prematurely quit an activity if they tas—too many, now that I think about see that they may lose at something. it—at a bar with my mom. I’ll rememTo help children learn to cope with ber hearing her talk about summers losing we need to encourage them to spent down the shore with friends work harder, to re-think goals and inand seeing a Grateful Dead concert terests, and to stick it out in the face at the Fillmore in San Francisco, where she knew no one. I’ll remem-

ber that she said my dad was the first guy she was ever “mutually serious” about. I panicked when she told me she was 22 years old when they met. I’m 21; my boyfriend is 22. We’ve of adversity. We need to help children been friends for four years. I tried to with their negative feelings by teaching do the math, as if love is an equation. them relaxation skills, and discouragMom and I got increasingly giging negative acting-out, aggressive gly, acting more like old college behaviors. When we teach children to roommates than women separated deal with losing, we are preparing them by a 40-year age gap. for future losses and disappointments. I told her, “One of us is drunk Losing helps build character, humility and I think it’s both of us.” and perseverance, and that’s a win-win “Mathematically,” she said, “that for all involved. doesn’t compute.” Right now, I’m sitting in my faDr. Frank Sileoin, the a licensed psyvorite world, tripchologist with a practice in Ridgewood, ping on three shots of espresso and is the author children’s books, three hoursofofseveral fitful sleep. Hemingincluding Sally Sore Loser: A Story about way’s words are still rolling around Winning and He Losing (Magination in my mind. lived cheaply inPress). Paris To learn more, visit www.drfranksileo. with his wife and he said they were com. happy. But he wrote A Moveable Feast some 30-odd years later, so Continued on pg. 56

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rowing up on shows like M*A*S*H and Medical Center in the 1970s, young William Salerno followed his heart and passion to a career in medicine. During his high school years, Dr. Salerno, now the director of the Heartcare Center in Saddle Brook, volunteered at local hospitals. At Seton Hall University, he majored in biology and psychology before going on to medical school. “You just realize how medicine is a constant field of learning,” said Dr. Salerno, who, since 1990, has been on staff at Hackensack Univer-sity Medical Center where he currently is the director of cardiac intensive care. Throughout his career Dr. Salerno has focused on looking at his patients from a complete health perspective, one that encompasses preventing as well as treating diseases.


Dr. Salerno, along with Dr. Sanjeev N. Patel, performs all the testing on site at their offices.

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At his medical practice, Dr. Salerno always makes the patient’s well-being his number one priority. No exceptions. Dr. Salerno, along with Dr. Sanjeev N. Patel, performs all the testing on site at their offices. They prefer an active hands-on approach that cuts to the chase by focusing on fast and essential care. “The cardiovascular testing is always done by us. The results are discussed with the patients directly,” Dr. Salerno explained. “We feel that that’s an appropriate, unique thing because we’re the ones who ordered the tests. “We know what we’re looking for,” emphasizes Dr. Salerno, who notes he makes a point of ordering

only necessary testing. If there is no need to order an electrocardiogram, for example, he won’t recommend it to his patient. The same approach applies to scheduling procedures. “We try to avoid procedures that don’t directly change outcome,” said Dr. Salerno. Frequently, the best way to go is to provide expert exercise and diet counseling—depending on the patient’s age and predicament—so as to completely avoid procedures before the patient becomes more at-risk. Nutrition, a healthy diet and exercise can greatly reduce a person’s chances of getting heart disease. Consequently, Dr. Salerno has devised routines and guidelines for his patients so that they never have to go

to the operating room. Patients often need to lose weight to reduce the risk of heart attack, and Dr. Salerno tailors his programs specifically to each individual. According to Dr. Salerno, the wellness programs he has developed at the Heartcare Center are affordable. Although preventing the need for procedures is always the preferred course of action, when a procedure is deemed necessary, Dr. Salerno is one of the best doctors to have on your medical team, bringing his impressive number of years of training and practice to produce consistently successful results. To minimize stress for his patients, particularly those with heart issues, Dr. Continued on pg. 56

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Salerno and his team at the Heartcare Center strive for a relaxed and at-ease approach. “We try to guide (patients) through that whole process,” said Dr. Salerno, who is a member of the board of directors of the HUMC Advisory Board. Access and availability are also key components of Dr. Salerno’s philosophy. If a patient needs him, even when he is not on call, Dr. Salerno will be there. Each day, Dr. Salerno makes his rounds starting bright and early. Daily meetings, procedures, and office visits make up the rest of his day. Medicine is a constantly changing field. New obstacles, challenges and opportunities present them-


selves each day, whether it’s dealing with insurance companies or learning a new technique. For instance, ultrasound has become a valuable tool in recent years. Given the rapidly changing technology and innovations in the field, Dr. Salerno is always training and taking courses. Cardiology is a dynamic field, and he knows that he needs to constantly seek out expertise in the best available methods. His expertise does not go unnoticed by some of New Jersey’s finest. For several years, Dr. Salerno was the New Jersey affiliated cardiologist for the New York Giants. Apart from cardiology, Dr. Salerno also spends a great deal of time

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on vein disease consultation, venous surgery and treatment. One of the first physicians in America to be certified by the American Board of Phlebology, he treats varicose vein disease at his office in Saddle Brook with sophisticated laser techniques. If you seek an experienced, knowledgeable and altruistic cardiologist, then Dr. Salerno is an excellent choice. We all have to go to the doctor sometimes: Dr. Salerno is one who truly puts the patient first.

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liver Jansen fidgeted in his saddle. He had heard many stories about George Washington but had never met the man. His future employment depended on the decision the great general would make that day. Jansen and a younger man, Daniel Bakker, both in their twenties, rode Naraganset pacers, horses with stamina for a full day’s travel but comfortable enough to ride over rough terrain. This path was a wide grassy road, gashed with wheel ruts from heavy wagons. The trees in full leaf canopied the trail but a late morning sun fought through the foliage, forcing rays into the shadows and dappling the path. Birds could be heard chirping overhead when the men didn’t converse. They worried about what waited at the end of their trip. Washington was prone to moods. Robert Erskine, Oliver’s employer, was a trusted friend of the general, but if past history was any indicator, Washington held few favorites when the fate of the country was concerned. Erskine, the Scottish ironmaster, supplied the Continental army with munitions and served covertly as Washington’s logistics engineer, a type of secret agent. General Henry Knox, the army’s official


quartermaster, got the army from one place to another but relied on Erskine’s surreptitious skills. Washington knew this all too well and was secretly embarrassed when the Continental Congress showered praise on him. Erskine made his emissaries travel in pairs, especially today when they were delivering sensitive military information through Tory-riddled Bergen County. “We could meet Colonel Burr or get lucky and meet General Arnold,” Oliver said. “Why would General Arnold be there?” Oliver looked a bit perturbed. “Daniel, don’t you ever pay attention to Mr. Erskine? “Benedict Arnold’s in charge of West Point’s defenses and the Hermitage—where we are meeting General Washington—is the home of Theodosia Prevost, a good friend of Arnold’s wife. Aaron Burr is also a close friend of the Prevosts. “But isn’t General Prevost in the British army?” Daniel asked, still sounding confused. “Yes, but he’s stationed

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in Antigua and the neighbors are trying to take the house from the Prevosts. By offering it to Washington as a headquarters−” “She gets to stay in the house and the neighbors can’t complain.” “Right, but isn’t Washington in Hoppertown?” “Maybe Paramus. Mr. Erskine said that if Washington isn’t at the Hermitage, we contin-

ue south to Hoppertown and then to Paramus Church and wait. He said if Burr was at the Hermitage he would know where Washington was, but he’s sure Washington will meet us at one of those places.” “I’d rather miss Burr; he gives me the creeps,” Daniel said. “He’s just a shrewd businessman.” “But there’s something about him I don’t like. Arnold’s different. He’s a real hero, especially after Saratoga. Besides, I hear Burr’s a spy.” Daniel shifted in his saddle. “All this cloak and dagger stuff.” “Yeah, Saratoga. Not everyone knows Arnold saved our tails at Saratoga and I hear he’s upset that General Gates got the glory.” Oliver nudged his walnut brown bay around a muddy rut in the path. “Especially when Gates was stalled and Arnold rode back into the field and outflanked the redcoats.” “Some say that was insubordination,” Daniel argued. “Gates ordered him to stay in camp.” “No, that was Arnold’s survival instinct,” Oliver said. “But that’s probably why Washington let the incident pass.” “Now look who’s playing politician,” Oliver said. “I thought you were a big supporter of Washington.” “What will you do if he doesn’t like Mr. Erskine’s idea?” Daniel said, changing the subject. “If he understands it, I’m sure he’ll like it.” “He hated the idea of stretching those huge chains we made, across the Hudson River.” Oliver frowned. “He didn’t understand it at first,” he said, turning his horse back into the middle of the path. “And, he didn’t think we could do it. Put yourself in his place. Has anyone ever stretched a chain that big and that long across a huge river like the Hudson?” Daniel rode on for a moment in silence, thinking. “True; it sounded daft at the time,” Oliver continued. “But Mr. Erskine never intended to stretch it across at Fort Lee. It was made for West Point and where the river narrows at Stony Point. And don’t forget−it was never intended to stop the ships from getting up the Hudson. Just to slow them down enough for shore batteries to shoot at them.” “So what’s the idea this time? One large cannon to blast the redcoats all at once?” Daniel chuckled at his feeble joke. “You know I can’t tell you that.” “I know. The fewer details, the less chance it leaks out.” “Especially when you talk in your sleep,” added Oliver with a laugh.

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“Then isn’t that a good enough reason for not sleeping three to a bed at Whartenby’s?” They had been travelling since before dawn, having set out on the Cannonball trail, before passing over the ridge and through Darlington. Erskine was paying for their overnight stay but swallowing that bill would be much easier if their trip produced an order from Washington. “Besides,” Daniel continued, “what good is it if only one of us knows the details? If they capture

po, led out of wooded, hilly terrain and merged with a road bracketed by split rail fences. Freshly tilled farmland fanned out on both sides and a log structure anchored the field to their left. The road passed through a copse of trees in the near distance. “I think we’re getting close, as much as I can remember from the last time I was here,” Oliver said. “Mr. Erskine said this spring’s encampment is a short distance past Whartenby’s and that would put it just about at the Hermitage.”

our army is trying to be too British,” Daniel insisted. “We‘re good at hunting squirrels. Why not consider the redcoats just large squirrels only dressed in those jolly red−?” “That’s odd. Look over there,” Oliver interrupted, pointing to a lone horseman galloping across a distant field. “Someone’s riding without a coat. Must be in a big hurry.” They rode quickly to a break in the trees where the rider first appeared and, after a couple of moments, it was obvious he had come

“Benedict Arnold’s in charge of West Point’s defenses and the Hermitage—where we are meeting General Washington—is the home of Theodosia Prevost, a good friend of Arnold’s wife.”

me, I’ll get mistreated to give up the information, which I don’t even know, and if they capture you, the information doesn’t get through at all.” “Ideally, Mr. Erskine should deliver it,” Oliver said, “but I doubt with that bloody Scot’s accent he’d get past the sentries, especially if Dutch guards are on duty. Mr. Erskine‘s had some close calls, and he’s too valuable to sit this war out in a New York prison.” The path they were on, known locally as the Clove Road to Rama-


“That’s where the officers would be. No tents for them,” Daniel laughed. “You wouldn’t expect them to stay in a tent, now would you?” “I still think it would be funny except that the boys in the field are the ones who do the bleeding and dying, while the officers try to keep their white gloves clean. That’s no way to run an army.” “Good luck to us if you were running it.” Oliver teased the young Dutchman. “It’s just that sometimes I think

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from the direction of Whartenby’s. When they arrived at the front of the inn, Oliver dismounted and tossed his reins up to Daniel. He burst through the door and found a few patrons seated at tables, drinking. They stared back at Oliver. “What’s wrong?” the barkeep asked. “Wrong? Nothing’s wrong with me?” Oliver then told them he had seen a rider at full gallop and by their expressions realized they knew nothing.

He excused himself and the two hurried at a quickened pace towards the Hermitage. The scene there was completely different. As they reached the entrance gate, sentries rushed to meet them and demanded their identities. “We’re here to see the general on orders from Robert Erskine,” Oliver said. “Did you see anyone on your way here?” “That’s what we’re trying to find out. Is there some sort of problem, because a rider−” “You saw a rider? Where?” “He was riding in the opposite direction we were coming from and−” “CAPTAIN!” the sentry shrieked. “These men saw General Arnold riding.”

The captain ran up to them. “When did you see him?” “Just a few minutes ago.” “Which way?” Oliver motioned towards Whartenby’s. The sentry pointed the direction to a group of saddled riders who streaked past the four men. “Don’t bother stopping at Whartenby’s,” Oliver shouted after them. “Stay to the left in the fields.” He wondered if they heard his instructions. At full gallop, they disappeared down the road in an instant. Moments later, more riders came up from behind the Hermitage and added numbers to the chase. “Gentlemen, we have a problem here,” the captain said, “but you

need to come with me immediately and I have to ask you to surrender any firearms.” He held his hands out and they passed their light pistols to him. A soldier held out his hand for the reins after Daniel dismounted. They followed the captain and noticed a sentry falling in behind them. “Are we being detained for some reason?” Oliver asked. “It’s not for me to say,” the captain replied as they followed him obediently. Inside the front door, a desk had been placed across the hallway, barring passage. Another officer sat at the desk and more soldiers stood in the hallway. A door to the drawing room opened. An officer closed it briskly behind him and strode to the desk. Continued on pg. 70

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“Who are these men?” he demanded of the captain. “I’m Oliver Jansen and this is Daniel Bakker.” “Your business?” “We work for Robert Erskine and are here to see the general.” “Which general?” Oliver looked at Daniel. “Washington,” Oliver answered. “On what business specifically?” We’re not allowed to say.” “On what business!” The officer’s voice rose, close to shouting. Oliver looked at Daniel. “We’re here to discuss improving West Point’s defenses.” The furrow in the captain’s brow deepened. “He’ll be here soon enough.” “We were told that Colonel Burr might come in his stead,” Oliver said. “I don’t know about that, but Miss Shippen is here right now with Mrs. Prevost.” “Oh, General Arnold’s fiancé,” Oliver said. “That means General Arnold might be here soon.” “You have business with Colonel Arnold?” “No, we thought we might get an introduction.” A soldier rushed down the stairs carrying a coat. His eyes met the captain’s. “It’s General Arnold’s.” “I don’t think he’s coming back for it anytime soon,” the captain said. He pursed his lips and his gaze focused on the ground.

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your post-work world. But before you take up scrapbooking or sign up for Italian lessons, take a few moments to consider some of the more creative diversions out there. There’s the exciting pastime of tornado chasing, for example. Or indulge your criminal side with locksport, the sport of picking locks. Baton twirling; you’ve seen it, but have you tried it? It’s tougher than it looks. And for the fan of medieval history that’s too wimpy to fence, there’s boffering, sword fighting with padded weapons. Perhaps you would prefer to select a pursuit that complements your deeply held principles and values. Say, for example, you’re committed to ending the global nuclear arms race. A natural choice for you would be a leisure activity that involves the launching of projectiles at high speeds through the use of

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pneumatic pressure or the combustion of gaseous fuels. In laymen’s terms, these are spud guns, also known as potato cannons, so named because they are used to fire off chunks of potatoes or other vegetables, or even huge ones such as pumpkins. Just think of how much safer—not to mention funnier— the world would be if countries gave up their nuclear weapons to compete in a vegetable arms race. Countries invading each other to seek out and destroy vegetables of mass destruction. One could go on and on…. Hopefully you’re beginning to realize that when it comes to hobbies, there are many fascinating options to choose from. I’ve done a bit of the research for you and have come up with this list of some of the more unusual interests people pursue: UFO hunting; hoarding; bell ringing; robot building; bee

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AWAY WITH THE CONWAYS This Ho-Ho-Kus family of five has embarked on the journey of a lifetime—a year sailing on the high seas.


ome this September, hundreds of Bergen County students will be learning new lessons from a new source… the Conway family of Ho-Ho-Kus. On July 1, the family of five said “bon voyage” to Bergen County for the next 12 months. The real life Swiss Family Robinson set sail on a one-year expedition that will take them to Maine, down the eastern coast, throughout many Caribbean islands and into Mexico. Parents Chris and Erica—along with their three children, Bryson, Riesling and Porter—will sail for more than 12 thousand miles while hundreds of Bergen County school kids track their course. “It was something we always wanted to do and the children were at the perfect age so we decided to do it,” says mom Erica. For the next year, the family will live on a 47-foot Benteau 473 (for land lovers, that’s a three bedroom, two bath sailboat). In reality, it’s not much bigger than a school bus. But as Erica says, “We will be pulling into a lot of ports so we won’t be on the boat all the time.” Based on the family’s favorite movie, Harry Potter, they named their boat “Patronus”. If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, “Patronus” is a charm that creates a positive energy force but must be created with “happy memories.” So, in order to attract


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positive energy, one must be positive. “We are like real modern-day pirates,” says Bryson. Well, pirates with Internet access, a stove and other modern conveniences. Living at sea may seem glamorous and exotic but that doesn’t mean some anxiety wasn’t part of the baggage for this voyage. Each family member has his or her own special worry. For Chris, there is the worry of keeping the sailboat “ship shape” for the year. And for mom Erica, it will be a challenge to keep all three of her children caught up on their homework assignments. For the kids, it’s an entirely different set of concerns. “I miss my friends once in a while,” says Bryson. “We’re sailing into the Bermuda Triangle in November and that makes me a little nervous,” adds Reese. Porter’s biggest concern is food. The number one question outsiders ask: Are you worried about sharks? Porter, 6 years old, shouts, “We see a lot of dolphins when we fish. But no big sharks.” The family has prepared for this trip by studying—a lot. The fact that wearing jewelry in the water will attract sharks is just one of hundreds of safety tips they have learned. And speaking of studying, there is that issue of school at sea. All three will be “homeschooled” or “seaschooled.” Classes will begin promptly at 9am on the day after Labor Day; it’s just that everyone will be wearing bathing suits. Mom and Dad have spent hours with their children’s teachers and principal Dr. Alexis Eckert at Ho-Ho-Kus elementary school to prepare for this adventure to make sure all three children have their assignments for math, reading, writing and social studies. What will be “kind of cool” according to Reese, is that these three children will become “professors” to their classmates. Beginning in September, they’ll be sharing their adventures with schools across North Jersey via Skype, Facebook and postcards. “The world will be their classroom and we will be sharing that with Bergen County kids, especially their classmates in

“We are like real modernday pirates.”

Ho-Ho-Kus. It’s both exciting and frightening, and I hope that never changes once the masts go up,” adds Erica. While it may sound romantic and exciting, Conway family members insist this has been a year-long preparation. The couple pinched pennies, sold possessions, rented their house, and invested a great deal of savings into the trip. The Conway sailors pulled away from dock in Haverstraw, New York, on a beautiful summer Saturday on July 1st and won’t return until June 2013. Erica is quick to point out that every safety measure has been covered—from GPS to on-call pediatricians in Bergen County and safety drills. “The entire family has taken safety courses,” Erica notes. “We have even learned how to administer first aid, give each other shots if needed, and even acupuncture. We have doctors on call 24/7 for the rest of the year and we have every means to communicate with the coast guard if something serious happens.” Join the Conway family on their journey; log onto to follow their adventures for the next months.

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Trouble Brewing A not-so-ordinary coffeemaker ignites the clues to solving an insurance case.


his particular case involved a fire in a residential home. An insurance company retained me to investigate the origin and cause of a fire, which had originated within a kitchen of a two-story residential dwelling. The circumstances that existed involved fire development within the kitchen with rapid spread to an adjacent hallway with a stairwell to the second floor. A husband and wife, whom I’ll call Mr. and Mrs. Smith, lived in the home. Their morning routine went along these lines: Before leaving for work at approximately 7:00 am, he would prepare the coffeemaker on a timer to activate it at approximately 8:00 or 8:10 am. Mrs. Smith would normally wake at that hour and, upon entering the kitchen, would be greeted with the ready-made coffee. However, upon waking at approximately 8:10 a.m. that particular morning, Mrs. Smith realized that thick black smoke was emanating from


the first floor and spreading to the second floor corridor. Alone at the time and seeking to escape the fire, she realized she had no choice but to jump from a second-floor window to save her life. Mrs. Smith survived the jump, but sustained serious injury. She was hospitalized for approximately five weeks with broken bones and spinal injury.

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An investigation by the Fire Prevention Unit, which conducted the forensic fire examination analysis and investigation, determined that the cause of the fire was due to a defective automatic coffeemaker. As referenced earlier, Mr. Smith’s normal thoughtful procedure was to prepare the water in the coffeemaker and allow the timer to activate at approximately 8:00 am in order to

STORIES CSICSISTORIES provide warm and freshly made coffee for his adorable wife. When a neighbor notified Mr. Smith of the fire and his wife’s hospitalization, he immediately left work for the hospital, where he cared for his wife, who remarkably had not only survived the fire but an almost 20foot jump from a window. An insurance claim was made for the fire damage to the home. The insurance company had sent an adjuster to evaluate the situation, which involved not only assessment of damages but consideration as to the cause of the fire. Upon the evaluation and contact with the local fire officials, the insurance adjuster’s concern was that there might be a product liability case against the coffeemaker’s manufacturer. Since the local authorities had determined that the most probable cause was a failure of this particular product, it was in the insurance company’s best interest to retain an expert to investigate the fire and conduct an investigation, laboratory analysis and evaluation of this product. Typically, most people are unaware that an insurance company will cover and pay a loss for fire damage to a home but they also consider what is referred to as subrogation. Basically, subrogation involves a potential legal issue where if there is an individual or product or other circumstance that may potentially be liable or negligent, the insurance company would pursue potential litigation against them to recoup or recover monies that have been paid out for the insurance claim and the fire damage to the home. Continued on pg 100

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CSICSI STORIES Continued from pg 99

Therein, lies our retainment to investigate the cause of the fire as an expert in the industry. The fire scene was not disturbed. The investigative authorities had left most items, including the coffeemaker, in its original position. The coffeemaker was constructed of a plastic material, and as a result of the fire, it had solidified and adhered to a countertop below the cabinets. This allowed for excellent preservation of the fire scene and allowed me to carefully evaluate the debris and examine other potential causes for the fire, which is normally conducted in association with industry standards and guidelines. The insurance company in this case, as in many other cases, retains experts such as myself who have the credentials and the expertise to not only evaluate the fire scene but also conduct laboratory and engineering


analysis in order to eliminate other potential causes and scientifically render an opinion as to the cause and/ or the origin of a fire. In many cases, the onstaff electrical engineering department or mechanical department within the firm will conduct these examinations to provide the proper qualifications and expertise of an expert.

Examining Fire Scene

After being retained by the insurance company, I arrived at the subject structure and began my investigative process. This would begin by contact with the local authorities, which would document all data concerning the firefighting procedures, suppression and their investigation. Initially, I conducted an interview of Mr. Smith, who confirmed that he was consistent with what he did at least five times a week with providing water to the coffeemaker and

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being sure that the timer would activate at approximately 8:00 am. During the investigative analysis, it was evident that fire patterns, as well as heat and spread patterns, all existed from the countertop where the subject coffeemaker was located. Without getting technical, fire and explosion investigators utilize many specific details to determine the area of origin. In this case, it was evident that the fire originated where the coffeemaker was located and it had predominantly spread from this location to the underside of the cabinets within the kitchen. This provided extreme smoke and heat, which prevented Mrs. Smith from exiting the building through a common stairwell. There were several receptacles, a toaster oven and a can opener located to the right or adjacent to the coffeemaker. The inspection and examination of these items would clearly indicate that they were attacked or affected by the fire and not a potential cause of the fire. During this examination, the coffeemaker was severely damaged and most of the plastic had solidified and adhered to the countertop. The internal components, most of which are mechanical and electrical, were melted within this plastic material. The physical evidence would clearly indicate that the coffeemaker was the most probable cause of the fire and it was a consideration to place the manufacturer of the coffeemaker on notice for its potential involvement of product liability or defect. However, during the sifting and clearing of the debris, I noted an unusual melting pattern of the coffeemaker, which wasn’t typical of other investigations that had been per-


formed with product deficiencies in coffeemakers. As photographic documentation was being performed, I detected an unusual odor. As I further assisted and cleared the debris, I utilized a flathead screwdriver to pry or lift the solidified plastic from the countertop. At that point, I discovered through my sense of smell the odor of what appeared to be gasoline. When fire investigators detect unusual odors, the only proof positive way to confirm possible links to arson, flammable and/or combustible liquids is through a chemical analysis. The analysis generally is performed by sampling those materials through a scientific basis to confirm or eliminate what potentially is or is not a foreign chemical to a fire scene. It was clear to me that the odor that I detected through my sense of smell was gasoline. My experience and my detection of that odor disturbed me since it is not normal that gasoline would be found within a kitchen of a residential home, particularly under a coffeemaker.

At that point, I notified the authorities. They responded within the hour and ultimately agreed that something was rotten in Denmark. The countertop was secured as physical evidence. Mr. Smith was not informed of our analysis to date until such time that the remains of the plastic was xrayed and chemical analysis and sampling was performed. This involved testing in our laboratory facilities within Hackensack, New Jersey. At this point, the manufacturer of the product was not placed on notice because it did not appear that the coffeemaker was typical of a product deficiency or defect. Upon further forensic examination and laboratory testing, it was clear that the coffeemaker and its surroundings tested positive for the petroleum distillate of gasoline. Having conducted the proper process of elimination of other potential causes, it was evident that the determiContinued on pg 102

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nation of this fire was, in fact, arson. Since Mr. Smith was the last individual to operate or handle the coffeemaker, local authorities brought him in for further questioning and examination. During the interrogation, we ultimately learned that Mr. Smith had placed gasoline instead of water into the coffeemaker’s reservoir. When the timer activated at approximately 8:00 am, the heating element allowing the water to boil to properly brew the coffee ignited the vapor and liquid, resulting in a legitimate coffeemaker fire. The local authorities did not detect it because generally they perform investigations with great dili-

gence but do not get involved in civil litigation with insurance companies or product liability cases. The debris and the facet of the fire patterns did not allow for direct interpretation that gasoline might have been involved in the ignition process. However, their follow-up investigation—in assistance with my investigation—allowed for a thorough documentation of the cause of the fire. Through further investigation, it was determined that Mr. and Mrs. Smith had marital problems. It was further identified that Mr. Smith did, in fact, have a large insurance policy on his wife and the thought of an accidental fire resulting in her death

would benefit him both matrimonially and financially. Ironically, at the time of this fire, there had been a recall involving the exact coffeemaker, which provided Mr. Smith with the idea and the concept of creating a fire within the coffeemaker utilizing the gasoline. This detailed forensic evaluation and investigation led not only to the arrest and conviction of Mr. Smith but provided satisfaction to his now ex-wife.

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American Ballet Theater dancers Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi performed during the “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow� segment of the YAGP annual gala. Photo: Liza Voll Photography

Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev bring opportunity to new generations of dancers with the YAGP. allet is having a “moment.” In fact, dance in general is on a high right now in terms of public awareness. Competition shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars air alongside highly popular dramas and reality shows. Even Glee features choreography of a sort. While movies tend to focus on urban dance (The Step Up films, for example), the Oscar-nominated 2010 film Black Swan drew fresh fans to the world of ballet. (Never mind the fact protagonist Natalie Portman is slowly going insane throughout the course of the film). Despite all the on-screen love for dance, performing arts budgets are at record lows across the globe, and scoring one of the few available gigs as a professional dancer is extremely difficult. Enter the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), an international ballet competition now in its 13th year. It offers young dancers the opportunity to perform before those who might hire them or provide career-making scholarships. Founded by Russian immigrants/dancers

(and long-time Bergen Country residents) Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP’s goal is to connect aspiring dancers with judges and scouts from ballet schools and companies around the world. Both Larissa and Gennadi were members of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow before coming to the United States.

From Russia With Love

“We moved to America from Russia 16 years ago, and I was starting to teach. I was also looking for other opportunities,” says Larissa Saveliev. “I was looking for outlets where I could see what others were doing, including dance competitions. There were a lot of opportunities for jazz and contemporary, but nothing for ballet. I thought, ‘how could that be?’” Larissa and her husband (a soloist with New York’s prestigious American Ballet Theater) began putting together the not-for-profit YAGP competition, “and it took off literally from the moment we started. I was in the right place at the right time.”

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pete for awards, scholarships and dance contracts totaling over $250, 000. For competition purposes, soloists are divided into age categories and by gender, each performing brief pieces in both classical and contemporary ballet styles. Overall Grand Prix winners in the senior (over 15) and junior categories can be either gender. Most seeking a professional career in ballet, the students are serious; they’re the kind of young athletes who train several hours each day and seek out the best instructors they can afford. “Ballet is such a specific, technical category of dance,” says Gennadi. “It’s important these dancers get the chance to be seen and compete, to advance their careers.” For many— particularly those from small communities or without endless resources (performance costumes alone can run into the thousands of dollars, and $70 pointe shoes must be replaced weekly, if not daily)—these sorts of competitions may be their only chance to be discovered by academic institutions and professional companies. Continued on pg. 108

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Though it got its start in New York, YAGP is now an international phenomenon. Over 5,000 kids compete in some 20 preliminary competitions around the world (including 12 events in the U.S.). The field is narrowed to just fewer than 200 for the finals, which take place each year in New York. Many contestants return year after year, as long as they qualify. Thousands of hours of work, dedication, injury and tears are condensed into two five-minute performances before an esteemed panel of 32 judges, teachers and scholarship presenters (2012’s panel included the associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School, the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet’s Academy of Dance and the artistic director of the Seoul International Dance Ballet Competition in Korea).

The Ballet Way of Life

“People don’t realize how hard it is to make it as a dancer,” Larissa observes in the new documentary First Position, released in theaters and On Demand this past summer, and highlighting the competition. The touching film follows six contestants from the U.S., Colombia and Israel as they work their way towards the finals. “So many dancers would like to have a career, but very, very few succeed,” notes Larissa. Awareness and education also has become an important part of the YAGP mission. “Ballet was sort of in the shadows for a very long time,” says Larissa. This year, YAGP hosted not one, but two sold-out galas at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, following the Finals. “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” honored the 2012 student winners and presented guests an evening of performances by some of the top dancers and musicians around the world. This year’s event included solos, duets and premiere performances from the likes of Otto Bubenicek (Hamburg Ballet), Alexandre Hammoudi (ABT) and YAGP alumnus Sergei Polunin (Royal Ballet) among a score of artists. The following evening, “Ballerina Assoluta”, a starstudded tribute took the stag. The event honored legendary Russian dancer Natalia Makarova (who, at 71, looks amazing). Performances by Polunin, Diana Vishneva (ABT/Mariinsky Ballet) and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Ballet) were among the highlights. Marrying classic ballet with popular culture, Kondaurova and Polunin, along with Tamara Rojo (Royal Bal-

Bergen County resident Sasha Paulovich, 16, placed in the Top 12 for women in both Classical and Modern categories at the 2012 YAGP. Photo: Siggul/Visual Arts.

let) and Marcelo Gomez (ABT), took the stage to perform the Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake.

From Ballet to Bergen

Despite spending much of her day working in Manhattan, Larissa and her family have deep roots in Bergen County, currently calling the borough of Demarest home. “We’ve been in America for 16 years, and 15 of those we’ve lived in Bergen County,” Larissa says. “I think it’s the best of both worlds: You have New York City in your back yard, but when you’re tired at the end of the day, you come home to a peaceful, beautiful place.” Her two sons (her eldest graduated from NYU this year) have grown up in the area, participating in Boy Scouts, athletics and more, and Larissa praises what she considers to be “one of the best public education systems in the country.” In addition to hiking and camping in Alpine, Larissa and her family point to the Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace in Edgewater and the Korean King Spa in Palisades Park as regular haunts. The connection extends into the dance world as well: Her husband, Gennadi, is the only ABT dancer from Bergen County, and YAGP regularly hosts competitors from the area. This year, 16-year-old Sasha Paulovich, a resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, placed in the top 12 women for her age group in both Classical and Contemporary Dance categories. “I love the whole area and don’t ever want to leave,” says Larissa. It might appear to be a big year for Youth America Grand Prix: in addition to the award-winning documentary, two former YAGP contestants appeared in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Newsies, and a third—2003 YAGP Grand Prix winner Seo Hee—became the first Asian principal ever at ABT. “I’m very proud of this year,” says Larissa, “but the truth is, we have a lot of news every year. We have people promoted in ballet companies around the world.” In fact, over 200 YAGP alumni currently dance with 50 companies globally. “But more recently, our name has become known [among a wider audience], and they are finding out how much is actually happening.”

The 2012 YAGP Gala honored legendary Russian ballerina and actress Natalia Makarova (pictured here with YAGP founders Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev). Photo: Siggul/Visual Arts Masters

AGP co-founder Larissa Saveliev welcomed Woody Allen to the 2012 YAGP Gala at Lincoln Center. / Photo: Greg Partanio

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This nutritional plan has been getting a lot of buzz recently. Here’s why.


eople are always looking for the next great plan. Everyone wants to look and feel great. Reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best things that you can do to foster good health. Good health—one of the keys to happiness—is in high demand. In normal conditions inflammation is a good thing and part of our body’s natural healing response. But when inflammation is present for no acute reason and sticks around for an extended period of time, our bodies end up damaged and become more prone to illness. When left untreated, chronic inflammation can lead to a host of diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and arthritis. Chronic inflammation disrupts the body’s natural rhythm but often is painless and shows no outward symptoms. It is common for allergies, joint pain and premature aging to be signs of systematic inflammation as well. Studies have shown that eating foods that counteract chronic inflammation and produce an anti-inflammatory response can make weight loss easier, slow down the aging process and possibly even prevent disease. The most direct way to find out if you have damaging inflammation hidden somewhere in your body is to have your doctor order a simple blood test to measure your C-reactive protein level. This can be done in conjunction with other blood tests and normal values have been well established. Simply a marker for inflamma-

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steoarthritis, or OA, the most common form of arthritis, is a wear and tear condition that destroys joint cartilage. Cartilage is the cushion that sits between the bones of a joint, and it typically begins to break down after years of constant motion and pressure in the joints. A normal knee glides smoothly because cartilage covers the ends of the bones like Teflon. As the cartilage layer continues to break down and wear away, bone begins to rub against bone becoming more like sandpaper rubbing against sandpaper, causing the irritation, swelling, stiffness and discomfort commonly associated with arthritis. Many athletes have knee injuries that accelerate or exacerbate the arthritic process in their joints.

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When knee pain becomes severe and begins to affect quality of life, the most common surgical intervention is total knee replacement, a procedure that removes the natural knee joint and replaces it with artificial total joint implants. An orthopedic surgeon may recommend knee replacement surgery when a patient has more advanced osteoarthritis and has tried and failed all the nonsurgical treatment options. Surgery should

only be considered if the knee is significantly affecting the patient’s quality of life and interfering with normal activities. In many athletes, as well as other patients, a procedure known as partial knee replacement, or unicondylar knee replacement, has become a popular alternative to the more invasive, conventional total knee replacement. A partial knee implant is designed to repair only a single side of the knee, (usually the medial side), making it much smaller than a total knee implant. The normal knee contains three compartments. When a partial knee replacement is performed, only the damaged areas are replaced with an implant. When arthritis is confined to only one of the three compartments, a partial knee replacement is an attractive surgical option. Although partial knee replacements have grown popular lately, the first ones were actually done in the 1950s. In order to be a candidate for this procedure, the patient must have arthritis limited to one compartment of the knee. Patients with inflammatory arthritis, significant knee stiffness or ligament damage may not be ideal candidates. With proper patient selection, modern unicompartmental knee replacements have demonstrated excellent medium- and long-term results in both younger and older patients.

Benefits of Partial Replacement

Since a partial knee replacement involves only one of the knee’s three compartments, the option has several advantages: Quicker recovery Less pain after surgery Less blood loss Lower incidence of medical complications

Additionally, a partial knee replacement does not remove ligaments and results in much less bone and cartilage loss than is the case with a total knee replacement. This minimal invasion enables a more rapid recovery, and provides a better and more natural range motion when compared to a total knee replacement. Patients undergoing a partial knee replacement also seem to have a more favorable result in regard to certain daily activities such as stair climbing or kneeling. Patient satisfaction is greater with partial knee replacements; most patients report that it feels more “natural” than a total knee replacement. Since a partial knee replacement is done through a smaller, less invasive incision, hospitalization time is shorter, and re-

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habilitation and return to normal activities are faster. After partial knee surgery, patients usually are hospitalized for up to two to three days. However, in some patients, partial knee replacement can be performed as an outpatient. Recovery time varies, but many people are able to drive after two weeks, garden after three to four weeks, and golf after six to eight weeks. Each patient is different, and it is up to the surgeon and the rest of the team to determine when and what activities patients can return to safely, and what activities to avoid.

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The main disadvantage of partial replacement is the potential need for additional surgery in the future. If the disease progresses to the other compartments, a total knee replacement surgery may be necessary. Although surgery may be a frightening idea, arthritis and knee pain usually progresses with time. Many patients who have undergone a partial knee replacement wish they had done it sooner. A partial knee replacement may delay, and, in some cases, prevent a more extensive total knee replacement.

Dr. Michael Gross , the founder and director of Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine P.A.,, is the section chief for sports medicine and the orthopedic director for the center for sports medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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EVOQUE New SUV Changing A Brand’s Legacy


ypically when I think about a Range Rover, here are some thoughts that spring to mind: big, strong, powerful, capable, luxurious and stylish. Now what if Land Rover decided to inject something else into the mix? Let’s say: small, efficient and futuristic. This change isn’t merely a philosophical exercise; it’s precisely the mix of what Land Rover did when it decided to create the all-new Range Rover, the Evoque. While Land Rover’s storied products are known for traversing some of the world’s most seemingly impossible obstacles and being as luxurious as its sister brand Jaguar, there were two specific areas where it really lagged. One, Land Rover’s products aren’t exactly known for being efficient. But when you’re crossing the desert in the Dakar Rally at a blistering pace that’s not the first thing on your mind; you just want to know where you can mount a massive fuel cell and continue about your business. Secondly, all of the Land Rovers that were great products commanded a high barrier of entry. One could argue that Land Rover made the reasonably priced Freelander; however, please keep in mind that I said “good.”


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Land Rover must have decided that it would kill two birds with one stone all the while designing a vehicle that would have a more futuristic look than Range Rovers of yore. You see, while the Range Rover is considered stylish, it has more of a brute-ish, utilitarian look with its squared-off shoulders and boxy greenhouse. The flagship models are impressive at first glance not because they’re drop-dead gorgeous, but because of their sheer size and commanding presence. The Evoque has accepted the challenge and, essentially, has grabbed the bull by the horns. Equipped with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder motor, the Evoque produces a less-than-inspiring 240 horsepower. On paper, in the day and age of even average vehicles churning out 300 horsepower, this seems off putting. But once you use the pop-up rotary dial to select “D,” off you go at an impressive pace for a sport-utility vehicle. Zero to 60 happens in just over seven seconds, which is not a snail’s pace for a modern-day SUV. It helps that this is the lightest Range Rover product ever created, coming at just over 3,900 pounds. Here’s the funny thing. Although the Evoque looks like it is on the sportier side, I soon found out after playing with the vehicle in Sport mode and using the paddle shifters, that



this is not an area where the Evoque operates at its best. That four-cylinder motor becomes buzzy at high revs and the transmission is a bit too harsh. However, if you engage Drive and just motor along, it is an incredibly fabulous vehicle as its transmission shifts smoother and its buzzy engine quiets down and hums along with a bassy tone. An element that helps the Evoque stand out from the crowded luxury SUV market is the way it drives. If you enter a corner at speed, you won’t come out of it sweating and feeling a bit frightened. Instead you’ll find yourself confidently pushing the Evoque through the turn with a touch more throttle. That’s because there are a couple of elements at work here. The Evoque’s steering is weighted on the lighter side and is direct for an SUV. It provides drivers with the sense of nimbleness and assures them they’re in control. Having a low roofline helps out in more ways than just looking sexy and sleek. It also keeps the vehicle’s center of gravity lower, which boosts the vehicle’s handling capabilities. If you were to drive another Land Rover product, you would notice that the seating position is higher and the windows are larger to help drivers see more while off roading. Essentially, you feel like you’re sitting on top of the vehicle. In the Evoque, drivers feel like they’re inside of the vehicle, which provides a more car-like driving experience. In addition, there’s more good news when it comes to paying at the pumps. The Range Rover achieves an impressive 18/28 city/highway mpg rating. During my one week of test drive time, I netted 24 mpg with a mix of city and highway driving. Considering a competitor











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Portland and Beyond: More Than Just Rain and Roses The bracing charms of Oregon and Washington are a lure for many hardy tourists.



ust so you know, you’re going to Portland at one of the worst times of the year,” advised a Portlander, referring to the Oregon city’s rainy season, which begins in October. Motivated by the desire to attend a special Thanksgiving Day gathering, I, nevertheless, set out to make the best of a trip to a city known for its bad weather. If it rained during that fall trip or the two that followed, I don’t remember. What I do recall is a remarkable experience in a city that merits its reputation for charm, beauty and a laid-back lifestyle. Portland also is a convenient access point to numerous destinations, which range from lush and lovely green areas to spectacular coastlines and vistas. Travelers can begin their vacation with a non-stop flight of less than six hours from Newark to Portland. The comparative lack of hustle and bustle at Portland International Airport is your first clue that you are visiting somewhere very different from the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. A three-hour time difference affords travelers from the New York City area a few hours to acclimate themselves the first day.

Bring Your Walking Shoes

A moderate amount of research before leaving home can provide the lay of the land. Getting around the city is simple. Portland is known for its “walk-ability” and public transportation, and blocks generally are laid out in a grid-like fashion. When it comes to enjoying the city, comfortable shoes will prove to be your best friends You can spend many pleasant hours walking through Portland and observing the architecture and abundance of well-kept gardens in the residential areas. Frequent precipitation, including a great deal of drizzle, keeps the city verdant and a perfect place for amateur gardeners. Pride in home ownership is strong too, and gentrification makes for interesting renovations and restorations. Portland is notably bike-friendly and has many urban bike trails and paths. Bike rental shops offer all the necessary equipment. There also are numerous bike

Photos: The Red Wagon Group/Chris Mathieu Guests at Depoe Bay’s Inn at Arch Rock are offered binoculars for whale watching.

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Visitors can enjoy a walk along the beaches of Washington State coast.

Washington State’s Hurricane Ridge has an elevation of 5240 feet.

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tours of the city and the surrounding area. If you decide to bike, learn the rules of the road so as not to incur a costly traffic ticket or, worse yet, cause an accident. In addition to having the same rights as motorists, bicyclists are subject to the same regulations.

Indoor/Outdoor Versatility

Flexibility is key to a successful vacation in this fair city. You’ll find that days are often both dry and wet. Thus it might be wise to have a mix of indoor and outdoor attractions on your to-do list. Since the city is easy to navigate and not huge, you can quickly change gears to accommodate the variable weather. The Oregon Historical Society Museum in downtown Portland is


an excellent place to learn about the city and the surrounding area. The Portland Art Museum, the oldest museum in the northwest, is replete with treasures from around the world. You may want to put aside the bulk of the day for your visit there. I felt short-changed when time did not permit me to fully examine the extraordinary garments and ritual clothing in the Native American exhibit, for instance. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is definitely worth a visit, especially if the weather sends you indoors. Its Teahouse in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections is a source of relaxation and refreshment. An impromptu concert by a strolling musician playing traditional music still resonates in my memory. The Pittock Mansion,

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which was built by two pioneers in the city’s development from a small town to a large city, provides a glimpse into an important period in Portland’s history and offers a beautiful vantage point from its elevation of about 900 feet. The mansion is also a destination for urban hikers. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the city’s green areas, such as Mount Tabor Park, which features a great view, picnic areas and athletic courts. A trip to Mount Tabor can easily incorporate a look at some of the varied residential sections of Portland, including the fashionable Hawthorne District, sometimes playfully called “hipster heaven.” You haven’t seen Portland if you’ve missed Washington Park, 400 acres of trees, gardens and at-

ESCAPES ESCAPES tractions, as well as 15 miles of hiking trails. Just minutes from downtown Portland, the park includes highlights such as the Hoyt Arboretum, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Rose Gardens, a site which is still delightful long after the popular Portland Rose Festival in June. Check the websites of all locations for details such as current conditions, off-season hours, special events and the availability of tours. And keep in mind that as with all fall outdoor activities in Portland, the earlier in the season the less likely your chance of inhospitable weather. Be sure you know the weather forecast and road conditions if you are traveling out of town. For ex-

ample, you may encounter snowy roads on Mount Hood that require chains on your tires.

Extra Excursions

Portland can be an excellent starting point for side trips (too many to mention here), especially with a rental car. Many people have settled there because of the city’s proximity to activities such as fishing, climbing, rafting and camping. You don’t have to drive far to beach hop along Oregon’s gorgeous coastline, which includes Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, where part of The Goonies was filmed. The towns and topography vary greatly, as does the animal life. Bring your binocu-

lars and camera, or simply take in the scenery. Other worthy local destinations include Mount St. Helens, just 70 miles northeast of Portland, where a volcanic eruption in 1980 left behind a phenomenal commentary on nature. If you don’t mind driving a bit longer, you can experience a good cross section of coastal life by staying in a central location such as the little town of Depoe Bay, which proudly calls itself the Whale Watching Capital. From there you can easily reach attractions such as Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park, worth the trip just for a long walk on the beach. For an excursion of a few days, Continued on pg 128 John Policastro,

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RESTAURANT GUIDE If you’re hungry or planning a special night out, this is the place to find the answer to that appetite. From steak, chops and seafood to almost any ethnic fare, it’s all here. American (Contemporary & Traditional) The Abbey Ramsey Golf and Country Club 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, 201-818-9298 Allendale Bar & Grill 67 W. Allendale Ave. Allendale, 201-327-3197 Assembly Seafood Grill and Steakhouse 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-568-2616 Bacari Grill 800 Ridgewood Rd., Washington Township, 201-358-6330 The Barn 359 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-0108

Bicycle Club 487 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-894-0880 Biddy O’Malley’s Irish Bistro and Bar 191 Paris Ave., Closter, 201-564-7893 Bonefish Grille 601 From Rd., Paramus, 201-261-2355 Brady’s at the Station 5-7 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-327-9748 The Brick House 179 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-1211 Cafe Amici of Wyckoff 315 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-848-0198 Chakra W. 144 Route 4E, Paramus, 201-566-1530

Crow’s Nest 309 Vincent Ave., Hackensack, 201-342-5445 Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Kinderkamack Rd. & Grand Ave., Montvale, 201-391-9356 Emerson Hotel 31 Emerson Plaza, Emerson, 201-262-7557 Esty Street 86 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge, 201-307-1515 Fire and Oak 100 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-307-1100 Glen Rock Inn 222 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 800-400-2362 Continued on pg. 134

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Griffin’s 44 Madison Ave., Cresskill, 201-541-7575 Happy Days 625 Rivervale Rd., River Vale, 201-594-1900 Harvest Bistro 252 Schraalenburg Rd., Closter, 201-750-9966 Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern 1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-4115 Houston’s The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-488-5677 Iron Horse 20 Washington Ave., Westwood, 201-445-2666 Ivy Inn 68 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, 201-393-7699

Jackson Hole 362 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-871-7444 Janice A Bistro 23 Sheridan Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-2666 Joe’s American Bar & Grill Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-843-8858 Mahwah Bar & Grill 2 Island Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-8056 Mason Jar 221 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201-529-2302 Napa Valley Grill Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-845-5555 Nellie’s Place 9 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, 201-652-8626

Oceanos 2-27 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, 201-796-0546 Palmer’s Crossing 145 Dean Dr. (Clinton Ave.), Clinton Inn Hotel, Tenafly, 201-567-4800 Paulie’s 171 Schraalenburg Rd., Closter, 201-767-1242 Peppercorns 176 Colony Ave., Park Ridge, 201-391-2818 Picnic, the Restaurant 14-25 Plaza Rd. N. (Fair Lawn Ave.), Fair Lawn, 201-796-2700 P.J. Finnegan’s 274 Fairview Ave., Westwood, 201-664-7576 Railroad Café 170 Union Ave., East Rutherford, 201-939-0644 Continued on pg. 136




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Regina’s 827 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, 201-862-1996

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Restaurant L 9 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, 201-785-1112 Rolling Pin Café 341 Broadway, Westwood, 201-666-4660

Waterside 7800 B River Rd., North Bergen, 201-861-7767

Rotunda Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-291-1920 Smith Brothers Saloon 51 N. Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-444-8111 St. Eve’s Restaurant (BYO) 611 N. Maple Ave., Ho-HoKus,201-857-4717 Stony Hill Inn 231 Polify Rd. (Rt. 80), Hackensack, 201-342-4085 Victoria’s 336 Queen Anne Rd., Teaeck, 201-801-0888


Golden Dynasty 825 Franklin Lakes Rd., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-7866 295 Kinderkamack Rd., Hillsdale, 201-358-8685 Golden Pond 147 N. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-930-8811 Look See 259 N. Franklin Tpke. (Rt. 17S), Ramsey, 201-327-1515 P.F. Chang’s The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-646-1565

Continental Cuisine

Fountainview Restaurant Sheraton Crossroads, 1 International Blvd. (Rt. 17N), Mahwah, 201-529-1313 Rudy’s 107 Anderson Ave., Hackensack, 201-489-4831

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Continental/ Italian

Andrea’s (BYO) 26 E. Prospect St., Waldwick, 201-670-0275/ 201-670-7958 Davia 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, 201-797-6767 Savini 168 West Crescent Ave., Allendale, 201-760-3700 Villa Amalfi 793 Palisades Ave. (Marion Ave.), Cliffside Park, 201-886-8626

Eclectic Contemporary

Baumgart’s Café 59 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201-313-3889 45 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-569-6267 158 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-5688 Café Matisse (BYO) 167 Park Ave., Rutherford, 201-935-2995 Natalie’s 16-18 South Broad St., Ridgewood, 201-444-7887 Park & Orchard 240 Hackensack St. (Union Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-939-9292 Vertigo 91 Main St., Nyack, NY, 845-358-3202 201 Supper Club 90 W. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-541-0101


The Melting Pot 250 Center Ave., Westwood, 201-664-8877



Axia Taverna 18 Piermont Rd., Tenafly, 201-569-5999 Daily Treat 177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-9113 It’s Greek to Me 352 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park, 201-945-5447 36 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-568-0440 1611 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, 201-947-2050 21 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-612-2600 487 Broadway, Westwood, 201-722-3511 NiSi Estiatorio 90 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-567-4700 Taverna Mykonos 238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, 201-703-9200 Varka 30 North Spruce St., Ramsey, 201-995-9333


Mela Authentic Indian Cuisine 47 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-445-6060 Namaskaar 120 Grand Ave., Englewood, 201-567-0061


Aldo & Gianni 108 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-391-6866 Aldo’s (BYO) 393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-2618 A Mano 24 Franklin Ave. (at Chestnut St.), Ridgewood, 201-493-2000 Amarone 63 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, 201-833-1897 Andiamo 23 Hardenburgh Ave. (Knickerbocker Rd.), Haworth, 201-384-1551 Armando’s 144 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-461-4220

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Arturo’s 41 Central Ave., Midland Park, 201-444-2466 Baci Italian Grill 36 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, 201-722-1900 Barcelona’s 38 Harrison Ave., Garfield, 973-778-4930 Bazzarelli 117 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-4010 Bella Italia (BYO) 170 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2150 Bellissimo 12 S. Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-746-6669 Bensi 387 Washington Ave., Hillsdale, 201-722-8881 459 Rt. 17S, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-727-9525 11-35 River Rd., North Arlington, 201-246-0100 700 Paramus Park Mall, Paramus, 201-225-0080 Biagio’s 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-652-0201 Bottagra Restaurant 80 Wagaraw Rd., Hawthorne, 973-423-4433 Buon Gusto 534 Durie Ave., Closter, 201-784-9036 Buongiomo’s (BYO) 86 Washington Ave., Dumont, 201-501-8000 Café Capri 343 Broadway, Hillsdale, 201-664-6422 Café Italiano Ristorante 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, 201-461-5041 Café Tivoli 533 Shaler Blvd., Ridgefield, 201-941-5561 Cassie’s 18 S. Dean St., Englewood, 201-541-6760

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Luka’s 238 Main St., Ridgefield Park, 201-440-2996 Lu Nello 182 Stevens Ave., Cedar Grove, 973-837-1660 Maggiano’s Little Italy The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-221-2030 Manny’s 110 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-939-1244 Martini Grill 187 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge, 201-939-2000 Nanni Ristorante 53 W. Passaic St. (behind Garden State Plaza), Rochelle Park, 201-843-1250 Osteria La Fiamma 119 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-389-6400 Papa Razzi Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-843-0990 Portobello 155 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Rt. 202), Oakland, 201-337-8990 Puzo’s Family Restaurant 4 Garfield Ave., Hawthorne, 973-423-2288 Radicchio 34 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-670-7311 Rocca 203 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 201-670-4945 Roxanne’s 150 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, 201-529-0007 Sanducci’s Pasta & Pizza Co. (BYO) 570 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge, 201-599-0600 Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn 105 Old New Bridge Rd., New Milford, 201-692-7700 Solaia 22 N. Van Brunt St. Englewood, 201-871-7155


Solari’s 61 River St., Hackensack, 201-487-1969 Sorrento (BYO) 132 Park Ave. (Paterson Ave.), East Rutherford, 201-507-0093 Teggiano Ristorante 310 Huyler Ave., Hackensack, 201-487-3884 Valentino’s 103 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge, 201-391-2230 Vespa 860 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-9393 Vici 2 Mercer St., Lodi, 973-777-8424

Matsuya 490 Market St., Saddle Brook, 201-843-5811 Minado 1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry, 201-931-1522 Sarku Japan Bergen Town Center, Rt. 4W (Forest Ave.), Paramus, 201-880-6551 Sakura-Bana 43 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-447-6525 Tawara 53 W. Main St., Ramsey, 201-825-871


Wild Nigiri Hassun Sushi Bar 6 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-567-2660

The Chef’s Table 754 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-891-6644


Cocoro 856 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes, 201-560-1333 Flirt Sushi 140 West Allendale Ave., Allendale, 201-825-9004 Gen 14B Chestnut Ridge Rd., Montvale, 201-930-9188 15 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, 201-493-1988 Hanami (BYO) 41 Union Ave, Cresskill, 201-567-8508 301 Center Ave, Westwood, 201-666-8508 Hiro 254 Degraw Ave., Teaneck, 201-692-1002 Kiku 5-9 Rt. 9W (Palisades Pkwy.), Alpine, 201-767-6322 365 Rt. 17S, Paramus, 201-265-7200 Kuma 440 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201-262-0400 Kumo 55 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, 201-652-0088

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Umeya 156 Piermont Rd., Cresskill, 201-816-0511


Dong Bang Grill 1616 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, 201-242-4485/4486 Pine Hill Restaurant 123 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-843-0170


Rebecca’s 236 River Rd., Edgewater, 201-943-8808 Sabor 8809 River Rd., North Bergen, 201-943-6366 1060 Goffle Rd., Hawthorne, 973-238-0800


Blue Moon Mexican Café 21 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 201-541-0600 42 Kinderkamack Rd., Woodcliff Lake, 201-782-9500 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff, 201-891-1331 Cinco de Mayo 2428 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, 201-947-4780 Rosa Mexicano The Shops at Riverside, Rt. 4W, Hackensack, 201-489-9100


El Cid 205 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-843-0123 Meson Madrid 343 Bergen Blvd. (Central Blvd.), Palisades Park, 201-947-1038 Segovia 150 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie, 201-641-6337

Steak Houses

Capital Grille Garden State Plaza (Rtes. 17 & 4), Paramus, 201-845-7040 CK’s Steak House Rt. 17S (Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel), Rutherford, 201-231-3141 Flemings Steakhouse 90 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201-313-9463 JD’s Steak Pit 124 Main St., Fort Lee, 201-461-0444

Morton’s of Chicago The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack, 201-487-1303

Sear House 411 Piermont Ave., Closter, 201-292-4612 Smoke Chop House & Cigar Emporium 36 Engle St., Englewood, 201-541-8530

The New York Steakhouse & Pub 180 Route 17 South, Mahwah, 201-5291806

Steve’s Sizzling Steaks 620 Rt. 17S, Carlstadt, 201-438-9677

The Park 151 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge, 201-930-1300


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Bangkok Garden 261 Main Street, Hackensack, 201-4872620

The Porter House 125 Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale, 201-307-6300

Penang 334 Main Street, Lodi, 973-779-1128

River Palm Terrace 1416 River Rd. (Palisade Terrace), Edgewater, 201-224-2013 41-11 Rt. 4W (Paramus Rd.), Fair Lawn, 201-703-3500 209 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Rtes. 17S & 202), Mahwah, 201-529-1111

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Eva’s Village Bottagra Restaurant in Hawthorne hosted a fashion show by Sal Lauretta for Men to benefit Eva’s Village. For more info:

Dr. Richard Norden and Adina Barbara

Jane Rey, William Callahan and Rula Abualhuda

Marie Reger, Kevin Sheehan, Deana Szymanski and Meghan Neilan

Mike Spinato and Mark Delcastillo

Heather Andersen and Rita Rafferty

Allison Kulesza and Christine Figliuolo

Linda and Remy deVarenne

Darren Magarro and Josh Braen

Joe Zisa and Robert Vicari

Bruce and Michelle Meisel

Maria and Ian Gruno

Gladys Ditroia and Brooke Sheldon

Isabela and Sal Lauretta

Robert Vicari, Marie Reger and Ralph Lauretta

Joey Mazza, Neal Kusnetz and Sean Hieter

Mike Saudino, Matt Koziol, Justin Fox and Sal Rametta

Gloria Van Biert and Michele Calise

Foundation for Free Enterprise The Foundation for Free Enterprise held their annual luncheon at The Venetian in Garfield. This years honoree was Thomas Marino. For more information visit:

Ro Sorce, Bob Glenning, Bob Garrett, Kevin Luing, Ketul Patel, Tom Kruse, Kerry Kruckel and Kathryn English

Jacey Raimondo, Tom Eastwick and Corethia V.E. Oates

Joanne and Thomas Marino

Richard Lambert and Rich Garcia

Rich Tonto and Andy Silverstein

Don Challis and Maureen Murtha

Patrick O’keefe and Ken Goldmann

Peter Ten Kate and James Kelly

Amanda and David Almaliah

Steve Estrellado and Warren Leeds

Tony Scardino and Ro Sorce

James Trouwborst, Patricia Arnold and Frank Aghassi

Kathryn English, Jay Fowler, Celeste Oranchak and Kevin Luing

Philip Goldstein, Diane Scriveri and Ben Mills

Janet Sharma, Rob Relay and Jeanne Martin

Brian McCourt, Virginia Kilcoyne, Joe Coccaro and Nate Buono

Richard McLaughlin, Dale Creamer and Glenn Rocca

Holy Name Classic Golf Tournament The Holy Name Medical Center Foundation held their eighteenth annual golf tournament at Hackensack Golf Club. For more info:

Steve Mosser, Suzanne Brown and Frank Keller

Nicole Russell and Mike Chananie

Frank Cangelosi, Frank Keller and Wayne Kinder

Julie Lee and Steve Donato

Karen Mikalouskas and Michael Vigneron

Rebacca Resh and Beth Stasyshyn

Pete Degraaf and Phil Dejong

Sheryl Syby and Deborah Zayas

Matt LaMuraglia and Joe Labita

Joe Lemaire and Dr. Adam Jarrett

Mike Gallagher and Jane Ellis

John Masterson, Bruce Dexter and Gary Gensheimer

Lisa Futterman and Brooks Henderson

Dan Leber, Nancy and Bill Bischoff

Sister Ann Rutan, Ted Carnevale and Sister Ann Taylor

Laird Johnson and Brett Anders

Patricia Arnold, Tal Scheer and Diane Scriveri


Seeking Out the Winks and Nods January



At last you should have the nod to move ahead with a new adventure at work. The wink will be connected to funds and a new adventure. Keep an open mind, even to things that might be outside of your comfort zone. These are the things that will add spice and possibly a spark to your love life. Justice does prevail when it comes to a legal matter.

You’ll be looking so sensational it will come as no surprise that many will be sending flirtatious winks your way. Work and career opportunities will present themselves out of nowhere. The nod comes to you in the area of real estate, possibly as a referral or lease. Either way, big nods are coming your ways.

You may have experienced a few hard knocks, but now you will be moving ahead into a much better place. However, you may still have to search under some rocks to find the changes that await you. But when you do it will bring you happiness in your work and social environments. An admirer gives you the confidence to ask for what you want.




Here it comes! All you’ve been waiting and searching for. But, it will be you offering the nod, as someone else will be doing the asking for a change. The wink is what has given you patience all this time. Confidence in your professional life will allow new doors to open. Now is the time to move ahead into a better business position.

At last! Now is the time you receive that nod to move ahead with new housing or that construction project you have been putting off. While paperwork may present a hiccup or two, everything comes out positive in the end. The winks on that should be cleared up soon. The other nod may have to do with medicine or medical news.

Keep your eyes on the road with no winking because the road is taking you on a trip. There will be no nodding off, either. There is a whole new beginning down this yellow brick road. Keep moving forward, even if it appears to be long. It should be better than Emerald City for you!




It’s up to you to determine what moving forward means to you. Details come this fall with possibly a handshake and a check to seal the deal. New adventures bring plenty of pleasures and treasures. The moment to take the perfect vacation has arrived; just plan, go and enjoy. Everything else can wait; it’s time to focus on you.

Temperamental moments around work turn into new opportunities, even if you get the nod to move to a new situation. Social plans get a great big nod with you having several wonderful invitations. Pick up the phone to contact an old friend for a fun night on the town. Family matters may meet with some conflict; whether you nod or not is up to you.

You may feel swept off your feet when you get the ultimate nod for fun and when the one you have your eye on gives you the nod. That will allow your love life to kick it up a notch this fall. Keeping up with social events can wear you down, but keep up with the momentum. This fall brings plenty of spirit and fun, and even a bit of a windfall.




Sometimes health issues need a little nod from the doctor for you to stop worrying. You have plenty to smile about after you get some good news this fall. A guest proves to be a new friend; when someone new steps into the work environment greet him or her with a smile. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself with a new and exciting social life.

Legal matters will come to a meeting of the minds. You will get a nod on a real estate matter. Friendship blossoms as you get invited to a neighborhood event that makes you feel good about your social life. Cleaning out the closets gives you a boost, making you feel up to visits from company.

You may feel like that angel in the heavens is finally turning things around for you. That is because things are finally going in the right direction. You will feel your load lightening all at once. Finding a penny may actually seem as if it’s coming from heaven. Put it in your pocket and keep it for good luck.

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don’t know what you think—and I would not blame you if you no longer give it much thought—but I am astonished that seemingly normal people, i.e. members of Congress, are no longer capable of the art of compromise. You may have noticed that this column is now titled Musings rather than Last Laugh. I point this out because the word musings suggests reflective thinking, thus the topic of governing a society seems appropriate, but still somewhat comical, in a tragic sort of way. Indeed, laughs and reflection often go hand in hand. Life is full of absurdities to poke fun at. For example, my reference that “normal” people serve in Congress is somewhat absurd. No doubt many do; they simply fail to gain repeated invitations to cable talk shows. So, let’s get to the point: Both major political parties constantly remind us that we are all Americans and each party wants what is best for all Americans. But neither party is willing to compromise. While I respect that the compromise of certain values may be a betrayal of one’s personal principles, the larger question is whether a diverse and complicated society can be governed without the art of compromise. Perhaps, like me, you recall stories about our forefathers and what it took to draft The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, two nearly perfect documents that have survived for over 200 years. The Constitution—the very document that all elected officials swear to defend—was itself a product of great compromise by highly principled men.


The Vanishing Art of Compromise If these honorable men always stood on unwavering principles and refused to listen to debates of those assembled, the effort would have surely failed. Benjamin Franklin believed that compromise was not only a practical approach, but also a moral one. He held that “tolerance, humility and a respect for others required it”. Of course, another of Franklin’s favorite lines was “if you ladies have any questions, the answer is ‘yes’”. From what I gather, he was often in the company of young, attractive women, thus suggesting that his words bear some serious consideration. Not only did he have a way with the ladies, he effectively brokered the convention that declared the United State’s independence from Great Britain and later the adoption of the Constitution. Sounds as if Mr. Franklin was onto something. This by no means suggests that every issue lends itself easily to compromise. But there is something troubling about the notion that any compromise with someone of an opposing viewpoint is a sell-out. Frankly, I think politicians should be required to spend leisure time with colleagues from across the aisle. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neal did just that, sharing a drink while discussing politics to better understand one another. Perhaps a present-day Friday afternoon cocktail hour would go a long way toward moving legislation. Can you picture Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell after that fourth martini trying to save social security? Nothing else has worked, so I say let’s give it a try. To quote the sage Ben Franklin, “Beer is proof that God loves us

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and wants us to be happy”. Perhaps the cocktail hour is unorthodox, but something has to give. People once were able to articulate clearly the points of disagreement, prioritize beliefs, and then explore an area of common ground. It was and remains a challenge, but the ability to argue and disagree allows us to live together with people who do not necessarily share our vision, but seek a common ground. Why is this no longer the case? Are our political parties so haunted by the possibility of offending their so-called core constituencies that paralysis has set in? When the very thought of compromising is abhorrent to someone charged with governing, how can we hope to succeed? There are perhaps a few issues that could divide us as a nation, but by and large, most policy and governing issues are far more practical, even mundane... take budgets, for instance. I think we have forgotten how to disagree well, how to listen as well as how to speak, how to understand what other people are saying and why they are saying it. Compromise is not the answer to all of our political problems, but it is a step in the right direction to working together toward an answer. I will close with yet another Franklin observation coupled with one of my own. Franklin said, “Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it”. I would add that the truly wise, never stop seeking advice.

Ronald S. Bergamini can be reached at

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